Sunday, October 23, 2011

The not so light fingered camel

Saturday, despite the sunshine and beautiful warm weather, I barely made it off the couch. I hurt my back again this week lifting patients too weak to help themselves. Today I was better and feeling antsy. I had to leave the house and go do something.

Nobody wanted to play today, so I packed up my things and headed off to the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo. Alone. With an empty canvas tote. Though really, is a knitter/spinner every really alone at a fiber festival? I think not as I had dozens of conversations about all sorts of things. Within 20 minutes of arrival, I had my bag full of spinning fiber and a few other treasures, but decided to continue shopping anyways.

As I meandered into building E, I saw alpacas and an amazingly huge camel named Humphrey. As I stood and talked to Humphrey's handler and fondled the camel fiber he was selling, I became aware that someone was trying to steal my bag off my shoulder and people all around were laughing at me.

It was Humphrey. The 1, 400 pound thief had a death grip on my canvas bag using only his very interesting but incredibly unattractive teeth.

We played tug of war for a minute, and though I won, it wasn't for lack of trying on Humphrey's part. He wanted what was in my bag, but I guess not as much as I did.

Hey...let him go buy his own fire engine red merino roving. This braid is all mine.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

what a beautiful color!!!

smiles, bee

Brenda said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me. At least the camel thief did not spit on you. Beautiful color!

sunny said...

beautiful post

Stephanie V said...

Ooh...that's so pretty! I wish I had been at the fiber festival. No, wait...I can't buy anything yet. I'll come back in January, OK?

SkippyMom said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

And Humphrey is cute too. :)

Gail said...

What an adventure!

Loving that color.

Denise said...

When I was 8, my mother and I went to a petting zoo. The llama was determined to eat her camera.

Beautiful red fiber.

sapphireblue said...

Looks like fun! That camel is a fiesty one.

The Bug said...

What fun! Well, it's fun becuase you WON the tug of war :)

LOVE that red! Whatever will it be?

Rositta said...

Love love love that roving. I heart a spinning wheel for Christmas. Hope someone tells my hubby. I've been on the couch for a couple of weeks with sciatica so I feel for you. Be well...ciao

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Wow that is beautiful. I can see why he wanted it. Or maybe he didn't care what color. LOL. The life of a knitter.

Mimi said...

Your red is GORGEOUS!
It will brighten up your day, whatever it knits into.
He he re camel robber!

Ruth said...

cute camel - is there such a thing but he is cute. love the roving - happy spinning with it.

NCmountainwoman said...

It's gorgeous! Definitely worth fighting a camel for.

laurie said...

wow. you could just put that yarn on top of your head and have a hat, just as it is. that's beautiful.

Pearl said...

1. That's a fantastic color!
2. I'm amazed at how many spinners there are. Where was I when people started taking up spinning?!

Greetings from Minneapolis!


debra said...

gorgeous color! Can't wait to see what it turns into.
And I hope your back is better soon.